I'm curious what the average (and range) size of start up packages are for assistant professors at research heavy R1 schools, particularly in clinical psychology. I know summer salary for the first couple of years is usually a big item, although I won't be needing it as I have funding, and so I'm wondering if I could trade this for requesting funding for a post-doc for the first two years?
Completely depends on the school. The advice I have always heard is aim for 1 year of salary for a start-up budget (this is for experimental psychology positions, I know neuroscience is a different beast entirely). I know in my field, 70-100k+ is considered very good, but it can easily go up from there depending on the university.
Summer salary depends on school as well. One of the places I interviewed had a large start-up (200k range), but summer salary was paid directly from the dept, so they couldn't devote much money towards that.
I have a clincial neuroscience research focus in my work. Last year I recieved offers ranging from 600-800K. What you get will vary substantially by your area, the school, and if you have competing offers. Ask for what you think you need to start comfortably and then add 30%. Keep in mind that they want you to be successful. If you need it ask for it.
Last year I got a tenure-track position to do cognitive (non-neuroscience) research at a public R1 school. My start-up package was $200K.
Depends upon your area…. if you are cog/neuro within clinical it can easily be north of 100k, as equipment or buying time on equip is not cheap. For others it can be much cheaper as little as 40k. Depends upon your needs. A post-doc is great if you can get them to spring for one.
I'm in clinical (with neuroscience interests) at an R1 school and got $250K. Ask anyone who know who got a job in the last few years if they'll share their startup proposal with you, and then cut and paste liberally. My startup included some summer funding, as is funding for a BA-level lab manager. I think it's unusual to get funding for a postdoc, though. That's an expensive item because you'll have to pay fringe/benefits as well as salary. Since you have some funding, another idea is to request a one-course reduction in your teaching load for the first few years or something like that. Physical space is another thing you might want to lobby for.